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November 2017

Get Glowing Skin with These Beauty Buys

A no-nonsense guide to the products your skin actually needs and you may not be using yet.

 

The best beauty products for beautiful skin

 

Be it travel, tiredness or simply one too many late nights out, lifestyles show on our skin. 

If the closet you have recently got to a glowing complexion came from a highlighting stick, you need to read our essential guide to upping your skincare game, stat.

These skin-changing beauty buys are the not-so-secret-now weapons you need to get ASAP.  

 

 Shiseido Retinol Eye Mask at Sephora Dubai available at City Centres

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask, Sephora Dubai

 

If you are yet to introduce retinol to your skincare routine, now is the time. This super ingredient comes in a variety of formulas and strengths (including prescription grades), but we recommend starting off slow and mild to see how your skin responds, as while incredibly effective, your skin might react at first and you need time to adjust to the powerful effects of this Vitamin-A derivative.

Best used over night, retinol products are predominantly anti-ageing, but also offer a range of other skincare benefits, such as increasing cell turnover (to help discolouration and brighten) and unclog pores to combat acne.

The market now offers tons of different formulas to pick from, such as Shiseido’s Pure Retinol Smoothing Eye Mask, which can be applied and removed in just 15 minutes - the perfect treat to pep up post-party eyes.

 

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Moisturiser at Boots Pharmacy available at City Centres

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Light, 24H Rehydrating Fill-In Care, Boots Pharmacy at City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

Hyaluronic Acid is a star ingredient found in many moisturisers. Think of it this way, it is to skin what an Oscar is to an actress - a brilliant bonus.

Offering long-lasting hydration, the La Roche Posay Hydraphase products are offered in both a light and rich formula to suit either dry or combination skin types. The refreshing creams infuse and lock in water to ensure your skin retains moisture for longer.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask at Sephora Dubai available at City Centres

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, Sephora Dubai

 

Swap out rough grainy facial scrubs (which could actually be tearing the sensitive epidermis layer of your skin and spreading bacteria on the acne-prone) for an all-together gentler yet highly effective acid exfoliant, otherwise known as AHAs.

To be used twice weekly, the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is an exfoliating treatment infused with pumpkin enzyme and alpha hydroxyl acid to remove dead skin and reveal smoother, more radiant pores in a flash.

Always apply sunscreen to protect your complexion during the day as retinols and acid toners can leave skin more susceptible to sun damage from UV rays.

 
November 2017

Beauty Tips Straight From The Supermodels

You need to try these tricks-of-the-trades as revealed by the world’s most-followed women.

 

Supermodel beauty secrets

 

From supermodel Bella Hadid’s secret lip smoothing trick to Cindy Crawford’s body buffing technique, we’re sharing the ultimate celebrity beauty tips.

In an interview with beauty website intothegloss.com, legendary supermodel Cindy Crawford revealed the secret to her smooth skin:I am a big fan of dry brushing,” she said. “It is great if it’s the winter and you are drier. They say it’s really good for circulation and lymphatic drainage, too. The bristles on a dry body brush are pretty firm so it takes some time to get used to, but I just love the way it feels.”

We find dry body brushing works best after a sauna or hot bath when the skin has softened, making it easier to brush away dead skin. Rinse off in a cool shower post-scrub and finish with a thick layer of body cream.

 

Botanics Body brush by Boots Pharmacy available at City Centres


Botanics Long Handled Body Brush, Boots Pharmacy, visit City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

When strapped for time, the model of the moment Bella Hadid relies on Dior’s best-selling Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub to smooth her pout. “Mornings are usually really hectic for me but I’ve got my beauty routine down to a science,” says Bella. “The [Dior] Lip Sugar Scrub makes my lips super soft, it’s made with real sugar so it’s like a little treat for my lips and it melts into a balm so the sugar just disappears - no need to rinse.”

 

Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub at Sephora Dubai available at City Centres

Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub, Sephora Dubai, visit City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Bahrain

 

In a recent sit down with Vogue Paris, supermodel and Victoria’s Secret angel Alessandra Ambrosio said she keeps her daily beauty routine fuss-free: “My daily routine is simple but effective. I cleanse my face, occasionally with an exfoliator, and I love anti-aging serums that are packed full of vitamin C. BB creams with SPF are great too!” the Brazilian beauty revealed.

 No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence at Boots Pharmacy available at City Centres

 

No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence, Boots Pharmacy, visit City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

 
September 2017

How To: Detox Your Wardrobe

Keep, store or sell? Make room for the new with our essential guide to clearing out your closet

Your alarm rings, perhaps you hit snooze, then it’s onto shower, breakfast and finally the all too often challenge of what to wear – a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing that seems just right.

Despite a seemingly full array of clothes in front of you, we all have those dreaded days when it feels as though we have nothing to actually put on – and usually when we’re running late.

The remedy? A major closet clear out!

Here, we uncover the easiest ways to part with the old and show you exactly what to invest in to ensure no more closet overload ever again.

 

Keep

In our eyes, if you love it, hold onto it tight. Whatever your personal style, if you re-wear an item at least once a month, be sure to keep it at easy access within the front of your wardrobe. 

Your favourite denim, smart blazers, well-fitted smart/casual dresses plus an array of blouses and tops make for a well-curated collection to begin with – you can always update with different accessories.

Keep clothes colour-coordinated and divided into sections that best suit your lifestyle. For example office wear, party dresses, weekend comfies, etc…this will make daily outfit planning a whole lot more simple.   

 

Store

Just because the sun is shining, and you can’t bear the thought of leather and velvet, doesn’t mean you won’t want to wear it once the weather cools.

Bulk buy a selection of clear plastic boxes to store above your closet or under your bed. Neatly fold anything you haven’t worn in at least six months – be it biker boots, knits or sparkly festive frocks - you can pull it out again as the seasons switch.

Chances are you’ll reach for these items during Autumn/Winter, but for now, they’re better left in storage to free up rail space in your wardrobe.

 

Sell

If you haven’t worn it in over a year it’s time to chuck it in. Whether it’s a way-too-tight leopard print mini skirt or a slightly-too-cowgirl fringed jacket, there’s usually a reason why you haven’t worn it out the house.

Purge your closet on unwanted items and pass onto friends, or better yet donate to a charity of your choice.

 

The Love-forever Pieces

These classic sartorial staples will have a year-round place in your closet.

Shirt available at Mango, visit City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Muscat

We could wax lyrical about our love for the classic white shirt - a piece so versatile it can be worn for quite literally any occasion, from the boardroom to the bar. This new season style by Mango Dubai is given a summery twist with embroidered blooms along the shoulders.

Black heels available at Aldo, visit City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Ajman, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Al Shindagha, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria, and City Centre Maadi

In addition to being extremely comfortable, these chic black chunky heels will be the finishing touch to any outfit.

Dress available at Zara. Visit City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria, and City Centre Maadi

Zara Dubai has delivered the ultimate wear-anywhere shift dress, complete with super flattering batwing sleeves and a knotted waist detailing in a bottle green shade perfect for all-year round.

 

The Insider Tips to Buying Better

First up, lend a few hours to thoroughly clearing out your closet and getting rid of anything you don’t wear or love anymore – and be brutal. Trust us, it will be a morning or afternoon well spent, and even save you outfit-planning time - as well as freeing up precious space for new purchases.

Are you heading to the mall? Before of the trip, go through your wardrobe and make a mental note of what items you wear the most. Be it a black A-line skirt or a floral maxi dress, look for pieces that you know you’ll get maximum wear out of.

Make a list and stick to it. Whether you need a classic camisole top to team with everything from off-duty denim to office blazers, or a floral summer frock to wear to the beach and beyond, go with the item in mind and you might just find what you’re looking for.

You don’t necessarily need to buy there and then on a whim. Many shops will hold the item in your name for up to several days. That way you go back, revisit the piece and purchase with clear conscious knowing it’s meant to be.

 
October 2016

Best Shisha Spot in Dubai

 

Shisha is the latest fad among youth and adults alike in major cosmopolitan cities around the world. In many countries in the Middle East, it is a part of the culture and is often enjoyed socially. A type of water-pipe or hookah that’s used for smoking flavoured tobacco, shisha is often favouredas an after-dinner treat.

High-end restaurants and lounge bars now offer shisha as a part of their services. We take a look at Abd El Wahab Restaurant, renowned across the Middle East for its shishas.

Abd El Wahab Restaurant
One of the finest Lebanese dining establishments in Dubai, City Centre Mirdif’s Abd El Wahab sets itself apart with the innovative way it's able to bring Lebanese culture and cuisine to life.

Abd El Wahab is named after a street in Beirut, Lebanon, where the first restaurant in the chain is located. The restaurant's staff and services offer a true representation of the famed Lebanese hospitality and culture. Adorned with gorgeous wall art, brass ornaments and blown glass decoration, Abd El Wahab's design and architecture contribute magnificently to the regional ambiance.

The highlight of any restaurant, though, is its food. And in the case of Abd El Wahab, the food is absolutely out of this world. In addition to the best of traditional Lebanese cuisine, the menu features an expansive choice of mouth-watering Middle Eastern dishes.

But what truly sets Abd El Wahab apart are its amazing shisha services. The restaurant offers shisha in a variety of flavours to suit your palate. Combined with the delicious food, unparalleled ambiance, and the helpful and generous staff, Abd El Wahab at City Centre Midriff is the ultimate destination for rest and relaxation.

So if you are out on an evening in Dubai, with your friends or family, looking to relax with a dinner and shisha, look no further than Abd El Wahab.

 
October 2016

When the stork comes visiting

Will the stork be visiting you soon with your little bundle of joy? Your days will be filled with drawing up plans to redecorate a room as a nursery to welcome your little one. 

Will it be vintage style or ultra modern? Would you go on the traditional route of blue for boys and pinks for girls or are you going to have a gender-neutral palette of colours? We understand that planning and decorating a nursery can be a bit intimidating at times.

Whatever your theme is, bright and cheery or understated and refined, don’t worry, you need not have to stress. We have listed out the best places to go nursery shopping in Dubai. 

Pottery Barn Kids
A favourite destination with parents, grandparents and anyone who is shopping for kids, you are sure to find one-of-kind, exquisite products to suit any style or theme. From furniture and bedding to decorative accessories and toys, Pottery Barns Kids at City Centre Mirdif, Dubai is one of the best places to shop to create a warm, beautiful and absolutely child-friendly nursery. Pottery Barn even offers Free Interior Design Services, with the expert advice on how you can turn your dream nursery into reality.

Mamas and Papas
UK’s no. 1 designer nursery brand, Mamas and Papas, Dubai at City Centre Mirdif, has everything you need from nursery interiors, bathroom equipments to toys and more.  Their collection of nursery furniture is modern, stylish and functional. Mamas and Papas also has a vast range of decor accessories and accents in a wide range of colours to add that special touch to your nursery. The collections feature everything from coordinated toys, wallpaper and wall art to changing mats and more.

Mothercare
Mothercare at City Centre Mirdif is well-known for understanding the needs of every parent and child. Their wide range of baby products is both innovative and good value for money.  Create a safe haven for your little one with Mothercare Dubai’s collection of baby furniture like Moses baskets, cribs, crib bedding, cots and fluffy blankets and cosy pillows and more.
Now outfitting your baby’s new room can be one of the best parts of your journey towards parenthood. So go ahead, create a special baby corner in your home to welcome your little one.


 
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